A Little Jumper Dude

Some really crappy straight-ahead practice in Pencil. I did a lousy job of maintaining volumes, the landing makes no sense, and that initial antic is pretty weak, but at least I got a practice session in. 🙂

It was touch and go for a while as my Wacom driver stopped working under Windows 7, so I couldn’t use Toon Boom as I’d planned. I spent about 90 minutes reinstalling and updating drivers to no avail. Luckily, I never have that problem on Linux Mint.

A Little Easier

Another ball bounce exercise, this time drawn directly into Toon Boom’s Animate Pro. I resisted the urge to copy and paste the ball into successive frames and instead worked on my Wacom draftsmanship. You may be better off viewing this one at YouTube since the interface doesn’t get immediately out of the way. (Great programming, YouTube.)

Like yesterday’s exercise, this one was animated on twos. I didn’t have to scan anything and it was really quick to ink this one and give it a quick flat color. If I can get control of line quality, there’s no doubt that this way is faster than the paper-and-scanner route. No big surprise there, but I am going to have to get a lot better at line quality – not to mention overall drawing.

Tomorrow, we drop the ball (so to speak) and move on to something a little more interesting.

Something old

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I found this old snippet from an abandoned project while cleaning out my hard drive. It makes me want to revive the project. Most of the art was created in Inkscape and then imported into KoolMoves where I added a few faint, wispy clouds (using a blur filter) and then animated the camera moves and the train cars. KoolMoves, unlike most of the software I use, is not open source, but it’s a really good and very inexpensive alternative to Flash, and it imports SVG files (which is what Inkscape makes). I’ve even been able to get KoolMoves running on Ubuntu using Wine/CrossOver. I plan to use KoolMoves to make a few original games for the Creepspace website. Take that, Adobe!

On a completely unrelated note, I’m not crazy about the new page layouts for individual videos over at YouTube. In particular, having the “more videos by this user” link on top of the main video seems like a really bad idea since opening it pushes the video you’re watching down the page. Not sure what YouTube is thinking with this redesign.